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Til Mawa Ladoo

MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy includes Flattened rice (Chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (Gur) or Sugar &accompaniment with sweets made of til papdi (sesame seeds brittle) and peanut chikki Veg curry like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.  

This year for Makar Sankranti I am making Til mawa ladoos for my family, It’s a yummy combination of sesame seeds, mawa(milk solids) and Powdered Sugar. Celebrate the warmth of festivals with these sesame seeds ladoos.

Ingredients

White Sesame seeds – 1 cup

Powdered sugar– 1 cup

Mawa – 1 cup

Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds until they become light brown. Later, transfer them to a plate and grind them coarsely in mixer grinder when they cool down slightly. Now roast the mawa until the color changes a bit.

Following, turn off the flame and let the mawa cool down a little. Then add the powdered sugar in the mawa followed by sesame seeds coarse powder and mix everything really well. Bind the firm ladoos from the warm mixture and place them on a plate. Til mawa ladoo are ready.

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BANANA BREAD

Banana bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas. It is a sweet, cake-like quick bread.there are a lot of variation Banana raisin bread, Banana nut bread – chopped nuts, often walnuts or pecans, are added to the recipe.Chocolate chip banana bread – chocolate chips are added to the recipe.Banana bread muffins.check my Eggless Banana Nut Bread Banana Cake

Today I am sharing my version of Banana Bread using Self-raising flour eggs & olive oil.It is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavour!! Never discard overripe bananas instead a good use to make a yummy loaf.

 Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

3 Overripe bananas, mashed

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups self-rising flour

Method

Preheat oven @350 f /180 c. Beat 1 cup sugar and olive oil at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add mashed bananas, 1 eggs at a time and vanilla extract beating well.Sift flour and add to banana mixture, and mix. properly, don’t over mix.pour batter in a 9″ loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or till it baked.check cake with a toothpick.it should come clean.now leave banana bread to cool down..once it cooled down..cut in pieces & enjoy !!

Tips After 45 min please keep checking cake as everyone oven is different.

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Falooda 

Falooda is a cold dessert beverage popular in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally it is made by mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds, and pieces of jelly with milk and often topped off with a scoop of ice cream.

I am sharing my version of falooda which I prepared during the weekend for my family.falooda ingredients need to be ready before assembling to serve in a glass.chilled sweetened milk soaked basil seeds and prepared Falooda Noodles or sev

ingredients
Whole Milk 4 cup
Sugar 2 tbsp or to taste
Rose Syrup 4 tbsp or to taste
Sweet Basil seeds 4 tbsp
Ice Cream 2 -4 scoop
Falooda Noodles 1/2 cup
Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp (optional)

Method

Soak Sweet basil seeds in water to once they swell drain water and keep aside.Boil milk adding sugar and once cool down keep in a refrigerator so it becomes chilled. Prepare Falooda Noodles reading instructions behind packet, it is an easily available at any Indian grocery store.

Pour rose syrup in a glass then add Soaked sweet basil seeds on top add Falooda noodles slowly pour chilled sweetened milk add a scoop of ice cream and garnish with assorted nuts.Serve immediately & enjoy

Sheer Khurma 

Sheer Khurma literally means”milk with dates” in Persian, in this festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr. It is a traditional Muslim festive dessert, for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

The main ingredients used in Sheer Khurma are vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, and dates.In my version of Sheer khurma to enhance flavor, I have added cardamom powder, cashew nuts pistachios, almonds,  saffron & raisins.

ingredients

5 cups full cream milk

1/2 cup or 60 gm vermicelli

1 tbsp Ghee

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1tsp green cardamom powder

2 Tbsp chopped dates

10-12 raisins

1/4 cup almonds-Pistachios blanched and cut into pieces

10-12 Cashew nuts

Saffron strands soaked in milk (optional)

Method

Heat ghee in a deep pan, add chopped nuts & Raisins fry till starts giving nutty aroma remove from pan & drain on paper towel and keep aside, using the same pan add the vermicelli and cook till it turns golden brown.Add the sugar and milk and cook until cook until the sugar dissolves.Add the fried dry fruits and keep few for garnishing, mix well and allow it to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.Add the fresh dates,  cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.Remove from the flame and serve hot or cold.

 

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Saffron Mango Smoothie

A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products or sweeteners.Smoothies are made of different ingredients such as blended fruit/vegetables, water, crushed ice, fruit juice, and nuts.

I am sharing delicious Smoothie recipe which is prepared using one of my favorites Spice Saffron for added flavor & most favorite fruit Mango

Mangoes are widely used in cuisine.Sweet for lassi(yogurt blend drink), smoothies, Sour & Unripe for pickles, beverage & chutneys check my other mango recipes Mango Mastanimango cheesecake Mango Icecream, Mango Chutney

ingredients

Ripe Mangoes 2

Milk 4 cups

Few saffron strands (Soaked in 1 tbsp warmmilk)

Few Ice Cubes

Sugar to taste

Assorted nuts( optional )1tbsp

method

Blend all ingredients in a blender jar, Serve in a glass.Garnish with Assorted nuts

Rose Lassi

Lassi is a popular traditional yogurt-based drink from the India.it is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. Different type of lassi salted, sweet lassi.when it is served as a savory drink, then flavored with ground and roasted cumin, chopped green chilli coriander leaves & mint leaves or simply adding salt. Sweet lassi is a form of lassi flavored with sugar, rosewater, other fruit juices or Flavored syrup.check my salty lassi Mint Lassi

I am sharing a simple sweet lassi Rose flavored lassi few ingredients & easy to make Cool & Healthy Beverage

ingredients

1 cup yogurt

1/2 cup chilled water or Milk

1/4 cup Rose syrup

Sugar to  taste

Few Ice Cubes

Method

Blend all ingredients in a blender Jar.Served Chilled in a Glass.

Tips

Used rose syrup store bought & it contained sugar so while adding extra sugar be careful

 

Peanut Chikki

Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet made from nuts, jaggery or sugar.there are variations of chikkis made out of cashew nuts, almonds, and pistachios.

I am sharing one more Makar Sankranti recipe, using Peanut & sugar.it’s easy to make at home following instruction carefully.

Ingredients
Peanut 1  cup
Sugar 1 cup
Unsalted Butter/ghee- 1 tbsp

Method
Grease back of plate or chopping board & rolling pin.for flattening chikki mix
Roast Peanut on med heat.in a pan and stir continuously to prevent burning approx 4-5 minutes.remove in a plate cooled down a bit, remove skin of peanut when it’s warm only as skin comes out easily & break into halves or one can use deskinned unsalted & roasted peanuts are available in grocery store.

Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted peanuts and  Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin.when its warm only cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the chikki with the help of a knife.Peanut Chikki is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

 

 

Microwave Dhokla

A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Sooji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming.Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer. Garnished with split green chilies, mustard seeds, grated coconut and coriander leaves, this dish can be served with accompanied with green chutney.

Sharing Dhokla recipe prepared using a microwave in 4 minutes.

Ingredients

Gram Flour /Besan 1 cup

Semolina (Sooji) 1 tbsp

Yogurt 1  cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp(optional)

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil 1 tbsp

Fruit salt 1 tsp

Water for making batter

for Tempering (Tadka)

Mustard seeds(black ) 1 tsp

Oil 1/2 tbsp

Green chilies(slit) 1-2

Water 1 cup

Curry Leaves 4-5

Method

Mix the besan, ginger chilli paste, salt, turmeric, sugar and oil and yogurt.Beat till smooth.Add the water and mix well again.Add the fruit salt, stir gently and pour immediately into the greased microwavable dish.cover and cook at HI or Power level 10 for 4 minutes.

Heat the oil for the tempering, add mustard seeds,curry leaves and green chillies. Saute till slightly colored, and add 1 cup water & give a boil.Turn off heat.Unmold & Cut the tempering into desired sized pieces and pour the tempering over.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney.

 

Til Papdi(Sesame Brittle)

MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

Til Papdi or Caramelised sesame seeds is an Indian sweet prepared for the winter festivals Called Makar Sankranti/Lohri etc.At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy include Flattened rice (chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (gur) or Sugar & accompaniment with sweets made of til (sesame seeds) and seasonal vegetables like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.

Ingredients

White Sesame (til) 1 1/3cup

Sugar 1 1/3 cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tbsp (for greasing)

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame till they are light golden in colour. Remove them from the pan and keep aside in a plate to cool.Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted sesame seeds, Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin. Try to make it as thin as possible.Cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the square papdi with the help of a knife.Til Papdi is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

2)Pour on greased plate or board.flatten with help of greased rolling pin.and cut it into  desired shape..when Sesame mixture is hot only.using sharf knife.once it will cool down u can break only.

 

 

Kesar Badam Halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive .Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat ,rice or semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a nut based halwa Kesar Badam Halwa.Kesar means Saffron and badam means almond.it’s a really delicious using Coarse grind almond cooked in ghee,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & garnish with silvered almonds.

Ingredients

Almonds 1 cup (soaked & peeled)

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Ghee 4 tbsp

Saffron 10-15 soaked in warm milk

Green Cardamom powder 1 tsp

Milk to grind almond

Yellow Food Color 1-2 drop (optional)

Method

Soak almonds overnight and then peeled almond .Put the peeled almonds in a blender and add milk so it can enough to cover almonds.
Blend it into a coarse paste or fine paste indiviual choice .i like coarse one.

Heat a pan add 2 tbsp ghee once ghee melts add badam grind mixture keep stirring continuously to avoid burning from bottom.

Add sugar then Constantly stir the mixture as it can stick burn from bottom. Add Saffron milk & food color & cardamom powder into it & additional 2 tbsp of ghee so that mixture doesn’t stick to bottom & while its boiling.once mixture start leaving ghee stir for 2- 3 minutes.turn off heat.

Take out in a bowl Garnish with sliced almonds.Serve & enjoy.

Tips
Yellow food color is optional.

30-40 minutes it will take to cook Halwa on low temperature.need patience to cook 😊

Serve hot or at room temperature.